Review: The Ice House

The Ice House by Tim Clare (Canongate) Delphine is an old woman. For years she's lived with Thompson her dog, and Martha, a long-time - though not human - friend she made as a young girl. We join this story in a melancholy place. Delphine has cut herself off to concentrate on her studies; she… Continue reading Review: The Ice House

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Review: Outpost

Outpost by Dan Richards (Canongate) I first saw this book go by in a picture on Twitter, the striking red roof of the little bothy dwarfed by the moor and mountains surrounding it. That, I thought, is a book I need to read. It hasn't disappointed - in fact I think it's one of the… Continue reading Review: Outpost

Review: Cold Earth

Cold Earth by Sarah Moss (Granta) I've had this on my shelf for a while, in fact the very minute I finished 'Ghost Wall' (my review of that is here) I immediately went and searched for anything else Sarah Moss had written. I discovered via Moss's website that I have a lot more to look… Continue reading Review: Cold Earth

Review: The House On Half Moon Street

The House On Half Moon Street  by Alex Reeve (Bloomsbury - Raven) Welcome to Victorian London. It's a place we're familiar with - the slums, poverty, prostitution, criminality, dirt and fog contrasting with the slightly richer folk. The new middle classes in their comfortable homes with their numerous children and overstuffed sitting rooms. Around it… Continue reading Review: The House On Half Moon Street

Review: The Honours

The Honours by Tim Clare (Canongate) I have absolutely no idea how I happened upon Tim Clare on Twitter - some algorithm sorcery no doubt  -  but I'm glad I did. I wrote a little bit about his fab podcast 'Death by 1000 Cuts'  in this post, have had some excellent board game advice from… Continue reading Review: The Honours

Review – Help The Witch

Help The Witch by Tom Cox (Unbound) Help the Witch is a collection of spooky stories from Tom Cox, he's yearned to write fiction for years he says but is glad he waited (nine non-fiction books precede this, I reviewed 21st Century Yokel, the most recent, here) . Whatever effect the waiting has had on… Continue reading Review – Help The Witch

Review: The Corset

The Corset by  Laura Purcell (Raven Books, Bloomsbury) Everyone else appears to be more organised than I am and has had their reviews out already, but better late than never! The Corset recounts the stories of two women, Dorothea Truelove and Ruth Butterham. The story is set in Oakgate, a town large enough for a new… Continue reading Review: The Corset